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VOL. 1. . AUGUSTA, ME., FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 2, 1870. . NO. 209.
Published on Water, Foot of Court Street,
BY SPRAGUE. OWEN Ji NASH.
JJailg Jttmtdrfr Journal*
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Published every Wednesday morning,
Is the largest folio paper in the State, containing
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All transient advertisements to be paid for in
Music in Glasses.
THE subscriber would inform his friends and the
public of Augusta and vicinity, that he pro
poses to teach Piano; also singing in classes.
Classes on Piano to consist ot six pupils each.
This svstem has many advantages, and the expense
Is less'than private lessons. Private lessons given
if preferred. Would also invite the attention ot the
public to the
H. F. MILLER PIAXOS !
For sale at his
Music Room, North’s Block,
OPPOSITE CONY HOUSE.
The use of these Pianos in many public institu
tions and schools has gained for them an enviable
reputa.ion. and throughout the country they are
becoming the most popular Pianos manufactured.
Classes arranged on application at Music Room
or Residence, 97 Winthrop street. .
M. C. MILLIKEN, Teacher of Music.
Cutlery and Plated Ware!
A full assortment of
TmkU mini Pmeket Culler*, Selnmr,
TftVf TB.1 »'W. St.
Also Plated Tea Sets, Ice Pitchers, Goblets,
Knives, Spoons, Forks and Castors of
the best quality, at
PIERCE’S CROCKERY STORE,
Ko. 1199 9V»ter Street - - August*.
CHR0M08, BRACKET8, ALBUMS!
In Large Variety.
Picture Frame* of any atzc maile to order at short
Hendee’s Photograph Rooms,
Opposite Post Office, Augusta.
MANHOOD, 154th Edition.
A MEDICAL ESSAY on the Cause and Cure o(
Premature Decline, show ing how health is lost
and how regained. It gives a clear Synopsis of tlm
Impediments to Marriage, the treatment ot Ner
vous and Physical Debility, Sterility, Ac.,
and the remedies therefor,—the results ot twenty
years’ successful practice. .......
’’There is no member of society by whom this
book will not be found usetul, whether such person
holds the relation of Parent, Preceptor, or Clergy
man.”— lemdon Medical Time» and Gatelle.
*' 'Manhood.' The experience and reputation ol
Dr. Curtis in the treatment of the diseases set forth
in this little pamphlet is the patient’s guarantee,
and well deserves for the work its immense circu
lation ”—ffciUy Timet.
Sent by mail on receipt of SO oenls. Address
the Author Du. Cl’RTis, H Chapman street. Hes
ton, Mass. mai-SS-toodSm
By O. M. Plummor,
Board, - - $1 per Day.
$7.00 PE It DAY !
TO THE UNEMPLOYED !
CHEER UP !
By sending ONE DOLLAR to tho subscriber
you will receive by return mail, a receipt for
makiug an article that will
Sell In Every Household
in the land. There are no Agents in New England.
A broad field is open to all who wish to engage in
Honorable and Profitable
business. It can be manufactured at your homes,
in your kitchens. The ingredients can he had of
any Druggist or (trover. The expense is SMALL,
ami the _
Pro fit* Large.
This is not one of the humbugs of the day, but an
article of real merit. Try it and be convinced.
Address C. T. SOMES,
juiyso-t3m Gardiner Maine.
! Prairie Weed Balsam!
)uly3(M3teod L. II. TITCOMU, Apothecary.
Bitters ! Bitters !
ARE THE SUREST CURE EOR
Loss of appetite,
To which all persons are more or less subject in Spring and Summer.
THEY ARE PURELY YEUETABLE!
And composed of some of the Lest ROOTS and HERBS in the world.
Trv Them. Thev are Warranted to do as Recojiunended !
Price, SO Cents per Bottle.
j PREPARED AND SOLD ONLY BY
OPP. POST OFFICE, AUGUSTA, ME
BOS W O B T ZE3I j
IIAV1XCS REMOVED TO
STORE NO. 174,
(2 Doors south of Bridge street,) which has been expressly fitted up for his business, where
will be found a VERY LARGE STOCK of
Of* tlie Latest Fashions,
WHICH Win, BE CUT AND MADE UP TO ORDER IN THE
Very Latest Stylo
ALSO, WILL BE FOUND
A LARGE STOCK OF
Ready Made Clothing,
Gents’ Furnishing Goods
OF EVERY DESCRIPTION.
U. T. BOSWORTH.
Augusta, Mar. 7th, 1S70. t7mar-tf
James H. Leigh,
Foreign and Domestic
ALSO, AGENT FOE
Wheeler & Wilson’s
Sowlnc Maohluos 1
NEEDLES End all Touts adapted to the Ma
chines, constantly on hand.
Water hit., llullowell’, Me.
CUSH NOC HOUSE.
Winthrop j_ State Sts.,
T. B. BALLARD, : : Proprietor.'
Quests taken to and from the Cars
and Boats Free.
H0R8ES AND CARRIAGES TO LET.
PURE SPERM, CASTOR. OLIVE, NEATS-FOOT,
and ESSENTIAL OILS ot all kinds, at
Johnson Brothers. !
Great B eduction
-IX THE PRICES OF -
BOOTS * SHOES!
The subscriber, having a splendid stock of
Hoots and Shoes
on hauil, will sell the same at the
VERY LOWEST CASH PRICES !
The stock consists of the usual variety kept in a
store of tie; kind.
BOOTS and SHOES!
Constantly receiving from the manufacturers, and
will be sold cheap, cneaper than the cheapest.
J. H. LOW,
lOrt WATER St., Auarusta, Me.
N. B.—Gentlemen\* Calf Boots one dollar less
than at any other store. imay27-3m
FARMERS and Hunters having prime Mina Skins
on huud will And a cash customer at highest
market price by sending them to
J. II. WELU At CO.,
Subscriber woul 1 inform the
sens of Augustu and vicinity, !
will give personal attention to j
__0 Pianos. Orders left at his res
Idence, 07 Wtnthrop .Street, will receive prouip
attention. M. ( . MILLIKEN,
febtf-tf Teacher of Plano and Organ
MOSES M. SWAN.
Watchmaker and Jeweller,
His Stock embraces a tine line of
American and Swiss Watches.
in gold and silver cate, including the celebrated
National or Elgin Watch, Waltham, Tremont. Bur
min, Itonnett, Pardeaux, Jacot, Ac., in both La
bets’and gentlemen’s sizes.
Flno Gold J"owolry,
Solid Gold Eeoniton
Vest and Neck Chains,
STERLING & COIN SILVER GOODS,
FINE PLATED WAKE.
SPECTACLES AND EYE GLASSES,
of the most approved kinds.
CLOCKS OF ALL KJMJS,
including the celebrated ITIIACA < A LEND Alt
all of which will be sold at the
Lowest Prices, and Warranted.
Particular attention given to repairing all kinds ol
Fine Watches. Chronometer Balances applied and
adjusted to temperature and position fljanTO-tf
BATH TIBS, COPPER BOILERS,
Water Closets, Wash Basins,
BRASS «fc PLATED WARE,
Cast Iron Pipe,
Lead Pipe, Sheet Lead,
And every article pertaining to Plumbing kept con
stantly on hand and for sale at
H. R. STRATTON’S,
L'orner Bridge & Water Streets,
Under Hunt’s Hat Store.
N. B. Plumbing iu all its branches done iu a neat
uvi thorough manner.
Particular Attention Paid to Jobbing.
DR. A. H. CHAMBERLAIN,
Ut'N I ML- SUKUtUn,
150 WATER STREET,
lugustu, - Maine.
Makes the successful treatment of all diseases ol
;hc mouth and teeth a specialty, employing all the
atest and beet improvements in the method of fili
ng with gold and all proper material. I'h crated
;eeth permanently cured, and their decaved and
broken down crowns tilled and built up to their
original shape and beauty.
Toothache Cured Without Extracting!
lireat improvement in the method of constructing
DR CHAMBERLAIN is inserting a large mini
her of sets of these teeth, which for beauty, dura
bility and adaptation, cannot be surpassed any
w here. The plate will not start or drop down, and
is warranted to Ht perfectly. All are invited to call
and examine specimens ot teeth made on red, pink
and white rubber.
FRESH GAS EVERY DAY.
Pure Mimes and Chemicals!
Brushes, Combs, Soaps and Perfumery;
CHOICE TOILET AM FASCI ARTICLES!
Physicians’ & Apothecaries’ Goods
Titrs Sperm. Lard. R.rMfiif and Sntifoot Oil,.
Charles K. Partridge,
DRUGGIST AND APOTHECARY,
Water Street, corner Market Square,
(UNDER GRANITE HALL,)
Has on hand a Large Solected Stock
kept fresh by constant additions,
AND SKI. 1.8 AT
The Lowest Market Kates !
FOR GENUINE AND RELIASLE GOODS
Pirtridge’* Drug Store, Water Street, corner Warket Squar
Great Bargains at
Water Street, Augusta, Me.
A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF NEW AND SEC
Which will be sold Rt very low rales for cash.
We also keep the best stock of
Walnut Caskets and Coffins,
And COMMON COFFINS of all kind*, and the best
trimming*, with Plate* engraved to order, and have
Lately added an assortment ol
ROBES OP ABB KINDS,
All of which will be sold as low a* at any establish
ment in the State.
C. R. A H. V. WELLS.
James W. Bradbury, Jr.,
U. S. COMMISSIONER,
Office with Bradbury A Bradbury,
WATER STREET, - - AEGTSTA.
milK Subscriber beg* leave to inform the citizens
X ot Augusta and vicinity that he is prepared to
do all kind* of Plumbing work at the shortest no
tice. Those about to have water introduced into
their buildings will do well to call on him before
II It. STRATTON,
Corner Bridge and Water Streets.,
Satisfaction guaranteed, lOtf
Cruelty to Horses
Ami other animals,
"VOT TO USE
j.1 nwiC'Bi.BJV'H t.t ntiot.tt so.tr.
It keeps off Flies; Cures Scratches and Sores;
Destroys Vermin. Ac., Ac.
So|fl by L. II. TITCOMB, Druggist,
aug22-3teod West End Kennebec Bridge.
Maine State Fair,
NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS!
NOTICE of the intention to enter Neat Stock,
Horses, Sheep, Swine and Poultry, at the ap
pro:.* hing Exhibition of the Maine dtate Agri
cultural Society, to be held in
Augusta, Sept. 20th-23d,
should be forwarded to the undersigned by letter
on on before
Tuesday, September 0,18*0.
'hat proper arrangements may l»e made for their
Premium Lists forwarded to any address on ap
plication. SAMUEL L. BOABDMAN,
Augusta. Aug. 15,1870. Secretary.
S. F. Davenport,
Agent for the sale of the celebrated
- AI.SO AGENT FOR TFIE
Hallow ell, Maine.
Place of business has been removed to nearly
opposite Western Union Telegraph Office.
Machines Repaired and Exchanged.
What Shall We Eat ?
4 LL regular physicians will tell you that Bee
XX and Pork is not &o healthy to eat in spring and
summer as good Fresh Fi»h. The same can be ob
CtSHI>G JL HOLMES’ MARKET.
Near R. R. Bridge, Water St.,
Where ali orders will be promptly attended to
of all kinds in their season.
CUSHING A HOLMES.
froayl6-tf Water street, Augusta.
j Shooting Tackle.
n . W . L o X G.
SUCCESSOR TO L. M. LELAXV,
GTJ 1ST SMITH
And Dealer li»
Shooting Tackle of Every Variety
Rifles and Shot Guns made to order and war
ranted. Old Shot Guns rimmed out smooth and
l made to shoot thick and strong. Also, Ammunition
! of the nicest quality.
Repairing done Gently and Promptly*
The best quality and largest stock ever kept in
this market. For sale at Factory prices. Country
Dealers supplied in any quantity or quality at dis
; count. ljun-ly
I \\~E HAVE JUST RECEIVED OUR I'AI.I.
M erTI’I.I* OF .IFF KI.VBS OF
Which we are selling on
The Most Favorable Terras !
CLAPP & NORTH,
HookM-ll.-i-* and Stationers,
ISS Water St., Augusta, Me.
Wo. 106 Sudbury Street, - - Iloston,
WITH THE COMBINATION STRING CUSHION.
New and Second-Hand Tables always on hand
and for sale at the lowest prices. Give me a call
laprtS-tim R. E. WILMART1I, Agent.
WAR MAPS OF EUROPE.
ojfOWiMj every City, Town, Village and Ham
| ^ let on the continent. Made from government
surveys, anil used by the Marshal*- ol France and
Generals of Prussia. It shows exactly where the
armies of France ami Prussia are now concentra
ted. The .Seat of War given in fall, with portraits
of the Emperor Napoleon and King William. Auy
live man can earn from #10 to $30 per day. Ageuts
wanted in every town in the United Slates. Retail
price, 50 cts. per copy. Liberal discount to agents.
Address immediately. _ „
Fred a. waldron,
aug2-tUtt* Waterville, Maine.
HENRY 0. & A. A. NICH0L8,
MASONS AND SLATERS.
ALL work in their line done promptly and in a
good, workmanlike manner, by the day or Job.
Particular attention paid to repairs of slate roofs,
cementing cisterns, cellars, &c.
Orders left at A. P. Gould’s Stove Store, first door
above Railroad Bridge, promptly attended to.
HKNKf O. NICHOLS,
ALBERT A. NICHOLS.
Augusta Jan. 1 18fi9.
rpHE copartnership heretofore existing under the
X name of Bai.laud & Chase, was dissolved
July 2d, by mutual consent.
Mr. G. S. Ballard,
i will continue the business at the old stand, where
l the books of the late firm may be found. All per
sons indebted are requested to settle the same w ith
out delay. * ......
! G. 8. BALLARD.
JOHN W. CHASE.
j Augusta, July 30, fB70. Wlw
1 nil. E. HEIGHT ha. discovered a now
treatment fertile EVE and EAK, by which
he is curing some of the worst caeca ol
! Illimtnoss and Deafness otter known, without in
struments or pain.
I Dtt. KVIGIIT’S new treatment for Cancers siiv
uussos ail Others now in use. It cures without kn I'e,
I plaster or pain, and heals without a scar. Every
kind of disease treated w ith great success. Hu
3 ore of every kind eradicated from the system. Xo
charge for consultation.
Olfli.ot HO Hover Ht., Boston.
GALL AND SEE!!
— THE —
MAGEE ADVANCE COOK STOVE,
Sheridan Farmers Cook, Rival Madelion,
Union, Richmond Portable Range,
Palace Range. Stevens' Range,
Stewart Parlor Heater, Rich
mond Parlor Heater, Oriental
And a large assortment of other Stoves both
New and Hecond Hand,
Wlllfiini&oii & Gri'onnood'N.
j AUGUSTA, MAINE.
tpiUS new Hotel Affords accommodations superi
JL or to any other in the city to the travelling coin*
munity, being located in the
CENTRE OF BUSINESS.
and very near the Depot.
Connected with and adjacent to the House are
commodious and convenient
Sample Hwomm !
where Commercial Travellers can show their goods
tree of charge.
The travelling public may be assured that no
pains will be spared to meet all their wants, and
with the assistance of Mu. Turner, lute of the
Augusta House, w e hope to merit a share of the
Connected with this House is a
First Class Livery Stable!
ii. A. A II. COM', Proprietors.
I HALLOWELL, : : MAINS*
MK. J. B. IllLl. would respectfully Inform Ids
friends and the public that he has opened the
I above named house, and has fitted it up ns
A First Class Hotel.
This house is about two rods from the depot, and
is within a few steps of the express office and the
business street ol the city.
In connection with the house there is a
LIVERY TRANSIENT Stable.
This house will be opened to the public on the
Fourth of July. Thankful for the favors which he
has received at liis former **bice of business in Lew
iston. the subscriber guarantees to give complete
satisfaction t<» the travelling public.
J. B. HILL. Proprietor.
Mr. A. F. Morse
has just returned frfnn Boston with a very large
and desirable assortment of
which will be sold at Boston prices. He also makes
and keeps constantly on hand
Views of Hallowell and Vicinity.
Any views which his customers may want whirl
are not in his selection, will be ordered immediate
ly. He has a great variety of PICTURE FRAMES
All orders for framing done with neatness and
despatch. Pictures of every style, made cheap.
Tne Public are invited to call at his lvoms on
Water St., corner Uuion St., Hallowell. and ex
amine his stock. __ ljnly-ttf
Vegetable Cough Cordial!
ONE of the best remedies for Coughs, Colds,
Croup. Bronchitis, and all affections of the
Throat and Lungs, for sale by
Op|». Post,Office, Augusta, He.
KENNEBEC SAVINGS BANK!
W F. HALLETT, Ul SsKLI. EATON,
O. ('. WHITKHOrsK. UEANK CHAV,
Deposits received at the counter of the
Freemans National Bank.
rlhc net earnings of the Bank arc divided
every six months.
Loans made to Depositors on Depositing
their Bank-book as security.
J. L. ADAMS, Treasurer
A mil 8th. 1870 15tf
VITRIFIED CLAY PIPE,
Double Glazed, or Glass-Coated.
Sizes, 2 inches to 21 Inches insiUe diameter.
FOR DRAINS AND SEWERS.
CONTRACTORS and Corporations in want ol
j Sewer Pipe, will find it to their advantage to
examine our stock of ENGLISH and SCOT! II Butt
joint and shoulder Pipe: the largo*1 and beat as
sortment ever offered in thin country.
For sale by JAMKS EUJIO.V D * CO.
at Wharf 388 to 412 f ederal St., Boston.
Proprietors of Boston Fire-Brick NN orks«
importers and Dealers in Fire-C lay Goods.
! 20c. Initial Stationery. 20c.
24 SHEETS PAPER AND 34 ENVELOPES
put up in a neat box, all #ar 30r.,
At Clapp & North's Book Store,
j 155 Water Street, Augusta, Maine.
iCure for Female Weakness!
Circulars or further information sent on receipt ot
! btamp, by addreabiug the manufacturer, Mrs. LE
XUS BELCHER, Randolph, Maas. For sale by
! Geo. C. Goodwin A Co., 38 Hanover St., and Rust
j Bros. Bird. Hanover St., Boston, also by Mrs.
Lew is Packard, Winthrop Me.
! A. C. DANA, Xu. 7 Union Block, WATER St.,
j At'OUST A.
The following testimonial is unsolicited, and in
j only one of hundreds which I could publish.
Munroe, N. V., June 21, 18GP.
! Mr«. Belcher:—We have received your box
over a w eek ago, and may God speed you in the
good work that you are doing: anti if we never meet
on earth, may we meet in heaven. The medicine is
Yours, with respect,
9feb-4m Mrs. SETH M. STRONG.
CHAPTER IN YACHTING.
Yachting has its unpleasant as well as
agreeable experiences. A writer on board
the yacht Atlantic relates his experience of
a storm and lightning stroke, while the
crait was lying at anchor in Whitestone
The last adventure, with which we close the
voyage, was more appalling in its character,
and fortunately a rare one in the experience
of yachtsmen. The principal part of the day
we had passed in listless dancing in a calm off
Oldfield I.ight. At two o’clock a fresh south
erly breeze sprung up and we joyfully sped on
our way. Hundreds of sail were in sight
which had been detained at the westward by
the calm and the thick weather of the last few
days, hut were now crowding fast on one
another, as if it were a grand race. Our for
tunate streak of wind covered only the south
ern third of the Sound, and, as not unfre
quently happens, other craft had the misery
of seeing us hound along at eight knots an
hour, while they were still shaking in a dead
calm and drilling still » hen we left them hull
down behind. Our run brought us by night
fall, at the end of forty miles, to an anchor
age in Whitesome Hay. All turned in but two
of us, who remained to watch the storm then
in progress at the westward. It seemed to
span a third of the horizon, at too great a dis
tance for the thunder to be heard except in
the faintest mutterings, but the illumination
was incessant and dazzling, while it seemed
to be working northward along the course of
Hudson river. Such storms we often find
follow coastlines without touching the water,
ami when they do their violence seems to be
abated. In sueh places, however, aa Peconic
Hay, which makes a fork of the eastern end
ol Long Island, a storm will come up with
the tide, divide and go around Shelter Island
on both sides, and then retire with the ebb in
the same fashion, leaving the land dry aa be
About 11 o’clock the storm began to “lift,”
ami we became aware that we must catch our
portion us its tail swept aronnd to the east.
Black as ink the cloud came thundering
towards our bay, and the deck was cleared
lor action. Kverything that would catch
wind was removed, the lashings made more
secure, cable paid out freely to the anchor,
and nothing left but bare pole and spars to
take the blast when it should come. And on
it came, roaring over the waters, the black
ness of darkness made more visible by the
flashes of lightning, which revealed to as an
on-coming wave crested white with foam.
The water was in fact lifted before the blast
and carried along like a roll of ocean suri
into the death-like calm where we were
awaiting the event, ready to do anything that
the awful moment might call for, our princi
pal anxiety being about drifting into other
craft or on the shore.
Nothing could be grander than the crisis.
As quickly as a dead forest leaf is turned,
over went our yawl, so quickly that the loose
oars were caught beneath it; then our own
vessel caught the weight of the blow as sud
den as that of a trip-hammer, and keeled over
on her beam with a tremor as If struggling
with a monster come up out of the darkness.
Seconds seemed minutes before she had time
to pay off througli the water and swing
around end for end and point into the blast,
the one position of safety, when we could
breathe freely under the sense of security.
We were comfortable, head to the wind,
the first fury aver nothing worse to blow, and
the anchor true to its holding. It might rain
a deluge, but we were quite at home witli
water in any amount. But suddenly there
came a crash as of ten thousand columbiads
fired at once, or rather a crash that no words
can describe, with a blinding daze as if we
were enveloped in a seething furnace. To
the curious in such mutters we can only say
that nothing hut a personal experience could
give any idea of the sensation. The order of
subsequent impressions was as follows: A
recovery of sense sufficient to know I was
still alive and unhurt, with the conviction
that if it had been otherwise there would
have been no eonciousness of what had hap
pened ; an anxiety for companions, and re
joicing that no one of them was hurt; a feel
ing as though the atmosphere was full of va
por or smoke; a very strong, almost suffoca
ting, odor of ozone, which soon penetrated
and filled the cabin, that which is generally
termed erroneously a sulphurous smell; and,
lastly, the full eonciousness that lightning
had struck very near us; as one persisted in
saving, in the water a few feet from us.
It was all over and we were safe at least.
But when the rain held up and we began to
stir around, a long fresh splinter of wood was
tound in the cockpit This startling dis
covery, along with others of the same kind
in other places, showed that we had no timo
to lose, lor the pieces were from the mast,
and there was no telling but that the hull had
been penetrated beneath the step, and we
imgm ut* m’li luvii umii^ wuii wiucr. .\u
anxious search from stem to stern revealed
that the nmst, us far as we could reach, was
intact; that an eyebolt on the sail had been,
by some strung treak, broken otT, and that in
two places on the hull at the water line splin
ters two inches or more long had been gouged
out of the sides just over two nail heads, with
out, however, comnjunicating with the inte
rior. In fact wo were still water-tight.
What saved us from distraction? In the
first flush of morning light we discovered the
, topmast head all smashed, as with a down
ward blow, and looking very much like a
1 demoralised brush-broom standing on end.
About two feet below tbe head is & band of
■ copper, to which are attached five stays—two
main shrouds, two back-stays, and a forestay
carried down to tbe end of the bowsprit;
these are all of galvanized iron-wire, and
acted as so many lightning-rods to disperse
the stroke and carry it harmlessly to the
water. That which reached the bowsprit
connected with the bobstay—an iron rod con
noting with the stem at the water’s edge. The
other connected with the chain-plates on the
sides, which arc also of heavy strap-iron,
but not reaching quite to the water, though
we were very likely keeled over at the mo
ment. It was beneath and a little to one side
of these that the nail-heads spoken of seemed
to have been started. The value of wire rig
ging has been much debated. Our own ex
perience has convinced us that it has not alone
sufficient elasticity, and should always be
mounted with heiuper lanyards. It can hard
ly be so firmly spliced but that a sudden
strain will part it, aside from the stiffhess
which kills motion; but wire rigging haa
saved in this case seven lives, and though the
accident of a lightning’s stroke is of the rarest,
a careful seaman could hardly wish to be
without it. Having been once through such
a scene, it is something to look back upon
with wonder, with unfeigned thankfulness at
the deliverance from peril, and with the hope
«that the like we may never see again.
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